Thomas Schneider, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director, Political Science



  • Ph.D., Boston College
  • M.A., St. John’s College (Annapolis)
  • B.A., University of Washington

Awards and Recognitions

  • Attended conference marking the fiftieth anniversary of the encyclical letter of John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, Rome, October 2–4, 2013

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Abraham Lincoln Association
  • Jack Miller Center for the Teaching of American Founding Principles and History

Recent Publications

  • James Fitzjames Stephen: On Society, Religion, and Government (editor), Oxford University Press, forthcoming
  • Review of John E. Alvis, Nathaniel Hawthorne as Political Philosopher: Revolutionary Principles Domesticated and Personalized (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2012), Perspectives on Politics 11, no. 1 (March 2013), 288-89
  • “Lincoln’s Lyceum Speech as a Model of Democratic Rhetoric”, History of Political Thought 32, no. 3 (Autumn 2011), 499-522


Writing a book on rights in the American political tradition. My thoughts for the book have largely grown out of a course I teach: POLI 312, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. After the Constitutional Convention in 1787 there was a vigorous debate about the propriety of including a bill of rights in the federal constitution. It occurred to me that some of the arguments made at the time could be reassessed in the light of our current preoccupation with rights.

Community Service

  • Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana

Curriculum Vitae

View Dr. Thomas Schneider’s curriculum vitae.